Best's Wines

Victoria | Grampians

James' Review

Best's winery and vineyards are among Australia's best-kept secrets. Indeed the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. Part of the cellars, too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family. The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv. Best's consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) magnificent. In the Wine Companion 2017 it was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines. Very occasionally a pinot meunier (with 15% pinot noir) is made solely from 1868 plantings of those two varieties; there is no other Pinot Meunier of this vine age made anywhere else in the world. Justin Purser brings with him a remarkable CV, with extensive experience in Australia, NZ and Burgundy. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

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Winemaker Justin Purser
Established 1866
Dozen 20 000
Vineyards (area) 34
Opening Hours Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4
Address 111 Best's Road, Great Western, Vic 3377
Telephone / Fax (03) 5356 2250
(03) 5356 2430